Media release: Harness religion’s power for peace

Wednesday 16 March: interfaith discussion on how people of faith can combat violence, reduce tensions and promote peace.

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March 15 2016Religion is often blamed for war and violence, but its influence for peace and reconciliation seldom gets the same attention, according to Melbourne Anglican Archbishop Philip Freier.

“Fundamentalism captures public attention, but that is not the only form of religious thinking. It is an inherent risk of religion, but is it the inherent character of religion?” Archbishop Freier asks.

Dr Freier, Rabbi Emeritus Fred Morgan of Temple Beth Israel and Australian Multicultural Foundation executive director Hass Dellal will discuss the positive impact religion can have on building peace and tolerance around the world and within Australia at a public conversation in the Deakin Edge, Federation Square, on Wednesday, March 16. The conversation, at 7.30am (morning please note), will be facilitated by ABC Radio’s John Cleary, and admission is free.

The speakers believe that Australia can be an exemplar to the world for building tolerance and understanding in a multicultural society. Further, the many diaspora communities in this country can model and influence those virtues in their home countries.

Dr Dellal says Australia has been uniquely successful in blending diversity. “Many countries are ethnically diverse, but that is no guarantee of multicultural success,” he says.

They will consider what people of faith can do to combat violence, reduce tensions and promote peace.

Media are welcome to attend the conversation on Wednesday morning.

For more information, click here (bookings not essential).